Governor Gavin Newsom from California
Rich Pedroncelli | AP
Californian governor Gavin Newsom ordered Sunday to close bars in several states across the state, including Los Angeles, and noted the increasing spread of the corona virus.
The governor said in a tweet on Sunday that bars in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare counties need to be closed.
He also recommended closing bars in the Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura counties, although his policy did not force bars to be closed in those counties.
"COVID-19 is still in circulation in California and is growing in some parts of the state," Newsom said in a written statement. "It is therefore important that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the countries with the greatest growth."
Newsom's move follows similar decisions by governors in Texas and Florida, two other states fighting a record number of cases that have hampered efforts to restart their economies.
On June 18, Newsom ordered all Californians to wear face masks in public because voluntary measures failed.
In California, there were more than 210,000 cases and at least 5,901 deaths from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.